'Finishing' is the term referring to the extremely time-consuming manual or machine-aided embellishment of components and exterior surfaces, which can actually represent one-third or more of the time spent on making a writing implement. It is the extreme care and attention given to the smallest details, whether they are visible or not, that makes all the difference.

Styljoux systematically applies vigilant quality control to hand-finished components to ensure peerless quality and unmistakable beauty.
Up to 18 different types of finishing can be used in a Styljoux writing instrument. Among the most important are drawing, chamfering, Geneva waves, perlage, mirror polishing, brouillage and dressage.

CHAMFERING or BEVELING
Certainly one of the most complicated of finish methods, it is both time consuming and requests the most dexterous artisanship. Bevelling consists of eliminating the edges between the surface and the flanks forming a 45° angle. The edges of the flank are gently pressed down and then polished to give a very shiny aspect. The surface of the angle needs to be regular and smooth with a constant width and parallel edges. It is a very difficult process since if too much pressure is exerted the component will deform and if not enough the angle will not be sharp and clear.

There are different kinds of bevelling:
- Interior angles: where two bevels meet but must be made in a way that looks as if it is a continuing line, this is the finish which requires 18 months of training at Styljoux.
- Exterior angles: the bevels meet at the exterior of the component and the corner must be sharp.
- Rounded angle: the angle follows a rounded patter.
DRAWING (ETIRAGE)
Drawing is one of the very first steps in movement finish and an important process which determines the quality of the bevelling, as the quality of the latter depends greatly on the aesthetics of the former. Drawing is done on the flanks of plates and bridges to remove burrs and traces of machining giving the surface of the flanks a smooth appearance. The flank is smoothed using a file and then satin brushed with a diamond grinding head fitted on a motor called Microcut. The flank is rubbed lengthwise in order to form unidirectional longitudinal lines.
STRAIGHTEN
Similar to "brouillage" but done on the visible surface of the component which has not received Geneva wave or circular grain finish. The component is rubbed against a sheet of abrasive paper to obtain straight grains in a perfectly linear manner. It is repeated in the same direction until any blemishes in the metal that are not in line with the desired grain are removed. This operation gives the component a sandblasted effect.
CIRCULAR GRAINING
Also called perlage due to its resemblance with a row of tiny pearls. Circular graining consists of applying a small overlapping circular pattern often on the non visible sections such as the top and base plates; however you can catch a glimpse of the circular grain pattern on the base plate behind the balance. Circular graining is obtained by using the flat end of a piece of pegwood on which emery paste has been applied or abrasive pads (between 1-3mm in diameter), the pad is fitted on a rotating head which the finisher presses on the surface of the bridge or plate to create the requested pattern. Done manually, the pattern must be perfectly linear on different rows.
BROUILLAGE
Consists of eliminating all residues and burrs on the non visible surfaces of the components which have not received surface finish (ie: circular graining, Geneva waves). It is done so by rubbing the component on a sheet of abrasive paper giving it a sand blasted mat look.
GENEVA WAVES
Geneva waves are arguably the most well-known form of finishing and are characterized by a series of arc-grained bars etched lightly onto bridges or plates, creating a wave-like effect.

Mainly used on the visible parts, it only has an aesthetic purpose and it is not normally applied to functional areas as it could adversely affect the functioning of the movement.

The stripes are applied using abrasive paper fixed onto a brass-cylinder which is pressed down, lightly, into contact with the polished surface and in a longitudinal motion will stripe the component. Each stripe should be perfectly even and parallel to the other.

The pressure exerted on the component is of primary importance, too much pressure and the surface will look rough and too little pressure and the stripes will lack relief. In the best forms of Geneva waves, the stripes over the whole movement should align perfectly.
BLACK POLISH (POLI NOIR)
Also called mirror polish. This finish derives its name from the black or grey shine, depending on the angle it is looked at, that the component radiates.

Mirror polishing is an arduous process, the component needs to be polished in a circular motion, on a zinc plate using diamond pastes of different grains, commencing with coarse and moving to fine grain.

Black polish is the highest level of polish achievable with no visible markings on the polished surface, even when examined under high magnification. The surface, depending on the angle it is looked at, will appear to absorb all light, giving it a deep black appearance or reflect an intense amount of light, entirely undiffused when a light source shines directly upon it.